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Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Concussion Evaluation and Testing
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Fitness
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Injection
  • Knee Injections
  • Management of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevention and Treatment of Injuries in the Aging Athlete
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Student Health
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Concussion
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Dance Injuries
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Sever's Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Wrist Sprain
View all 59 Specialties +


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About Marie Schaefer, MD

Marie Schaefer, MD is a staff physician with appointments in both the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Medicine Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine with a specialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She works primarily in the Center for Sports Health and serves as the Head Team Physician and NCAA Health Care Administrator for Cleveland State University.

She is from Parma, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University prior to attending Yale School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University and completed a pediatric and adult Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She is also the team physician of Lakewood High School and the Verb Ballets company.

Dr. Schaefer enjoys working with athletes and active people of all ages in injury treatment and prevention. She has specialty training in working with pediatric athletes including concussion management.  Her specialty interests include non-operative management of orthopaedic conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, tendon or ligament conditions, and management of medical problems in sports.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Family Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Politics and Government
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/31/2023, Dr. Schaefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

144 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr. Schaefer is a great doctor with a great bedside manner and who is always kind.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

I would highly recommend this doctor to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

I've been a patient at the CC for many years and Dr. Schaefer is by far one of the best physicians that I've seen. She listens and is courteous and engages in conversation. Doesn't just spew out information and expects the patient to understand.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Amazing doctor! I think we might have a solution to a years long issue.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

I love Dr. Schaefer. She takes the time to get to know me and what my goals are. She stays current with best practices and works hard to move me forward. She's brilliant, funny and effortlessly kind. She's my favorite doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

I always recommend Dr. Schaefer. She is the gold standard of what a Cleveland Clinic doctor should be.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

I have never had any problems trying to contact Dr. Schaefer, and when I did call, it did not take very long for her office to contact me right back, and my issue was resolved quickly.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Schaefer really cares about all of her patients and she is truly a great Dr. She has helped me tremendously over the years. I am a lot healthier with her as my Dr.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

I am so lucky I've found Dr. Schaefer. She listens. She takes her time when explaining my problems. Her diagnoses Is always spot on! I listen to her and follow her instructions. I'm workout smarter now. I'm older, but still very active. Dr Dimioff (not sure spelling) was my orthopedic doctor until he moved out of state. He was just like Schaefer...

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr Schaefer was excellent. She was prepared, highly knowledgeable, and empathetic. I would highly recommend her to anyone having any sort of musculoskeletal problem.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Great provider and support staff

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Schaefer is great, listens, and responsive to questions and concerns

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Wait time - upon arrival was long - but everything was very efficient once I was brought back to the exam room. I find going directly to the doctors office is generally great - if you go through general scheduling for an appointment the process Is slow. You need more appointment specialists

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Schaefer and her staff are the very best

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Dr. Marie Schaefer us the absolute best!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is an incredible doctor. Always a great attitude & high energy.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Always a wonderful experience and Dr.Schaefer truly listens to me and I feel heard.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is a wonderful doctor who really cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is very thorough and informative. She also has a wonderful "bedside manner."

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr. Schaefer reached out during the visit to an Orthopedic hand surgeon to consult and get my daughter added to the surgery schedule in just 2 days. We are beyond grateful for the joint expertise and scheduling surgery so quickly! Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Love Dr. Schaefer

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

She was great! She listened to my concerns. I felt like she actually felt my pain and saw how much pain I was in and was gents she could be. When she was draining my knee and saw how much pain I was in she stopped the procedure and even apologized. She showed me my X-rays and explained what exactly I was looking at. Everything was great about my visit

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

I've recommended Dr Schaefer to friends and family and will continue to do so. She is an incredible asset to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr.Schaefer truly cares about her patients. I am fortunate to have her as a health care provider. She listens and makes you feel valued as a patient.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is fabulous.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr. Marie, is the very best

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr Schaefer was super friendly, gregarious and positive. My first visit to see her as a recommendation from Dr Munzar. Dr Schaefer was prompt, knowledgeable and spoke to my wife and I in terms we could understand. Excellent first impression.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Schaefer could not have been better to us! She is amazing to work with and she really cared about getting Savannah on the care plan that will get her back to walking and running. We appreciate her so much! So thankful we came to see her.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is my favorite doctor. She is smart, efficient and engaging. It is always a pleasure to see her.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr. Schaefer was exellent, a joy to be around, and eager to help with any of my concerns

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

I thought Dr. Schaefer listened and was concerned about my Issue and provided appropriate care.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is amazing. She is so kind - she listens to me and involves me in my care.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Dr. Schaefer was very courteous and attentive. She interjected some humor, which is always welcome, and was thorough in her examination. She explained things in layman's terms and came up with a plan of action for treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

I felt Dr Schaefer is very knowledgeable about sports health so I'm confident she will help me get out of this pain I'm experiencing.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

She is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. Marie Schaefer is phenomenal!

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. Schaefer and the staff are top notch

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. Marie is an excellent and compassionate doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

I could not be happier being s patient of Dr. Marie and her staff. I feel so valued and cared for.

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